Originally Posted by avimia
Welcome to the board! You're making a great choice in the XV for sure.
Have to say ditto to other points about the hybrid. If your lifestyle is one that you know you never leave the city, maybe it's ok. But more than likely, at some point you're going out of those boundaries. In this case you better have a second car. The fact is, in the US, while hybrids have appeal to environmental awareness, they simply don't fit into mainstream America lifestyle (yet anyway). And Subies are all about lifestyle. If hybrids were the way to go, everyone in the US would have one. But along with the unique expenditures they have, the US simply isn't logistically set up yet for hybrids (how many charging stations do you see at rest stops)?
I only drive in the city or inner-city highways too. No road trips. But, a single round trip to work and home would have the car flipping over to gas for me anyway. When I get home, the last thing I want to do is mess around with plugging a car in, etc.
For me, the messing around with gauging where I want to go, with amount of charge left, is just a hassle. I had to admit I probably was not going to fool around with all that and would leave the car on gas mode any way. I couldn't validate the cost, the added maintenance, and the constant charge level monitoring to paying for the added cost to my electric bill anyway.
Obviously, the choice is completely a personal one. There are some who have already purchased the hybrid and they love it. So, the answer may simply be, take a good look at how you actually live. How do you personally function with a car of any type? Think about how/where you drive on a daily basis. But then also, where you went over the past year. Did you have even one trip outside of your territory? Do you have another car you can take should you be out of charge and already low on gas? How often will you burn gas out of a single tank to ensure you keep fresh gas running through the system? Think of your human logistics, and perhaps it will help with your decision.
Good luck. And no matter which you choose, we're happy you're here and do keep us posted!
The hybrid they have isn't a plug in so that shouldn't be an issue, the battery/electric motor is charged when you apply the brakes. The electric motor is used while driving at slower speeds then the gas engine will kick in when needed. Its the same technology as used by the Prius and other hybrid cars which is cool. I had looked at some of the plug in vehicles offered by other companies and really the cost to charge is low however getting the charger installed would be almost $3K (parts and labor) which is nuts!
I checked out a Hybrid at the International Car Show in Sacramento, I really loved the extra options. I just need to get in a drive the hybrid.
I already drove the gas model and loved it, I just need to make the final choice early 2014 when the mustang will be going away (which my husband is leaning toward hybrid big time)